Chico woman sentenced after four DUI arrests in 2022 – Chico Enterprise-Record


OROVILLE — A 63-year-old Chico woman, who committed four offenses of driving under the influence in September through November 2022, was sentenced Wednesday to five years of formal probation supervision and alcohol monitoring after serving two months in jail.

Gail Ann Hemmingsen had previously pleaded “no contest” to four separate DUI offenses and a misdemeanor offense of attempted criminal threats. The multiple DUI offenses and criminal threats stemmed from a string of drunken incidents Hemmingsen accumulated beginning Sept. 11, according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

“She is a sad case but a dangerous case,” Ramsey said.


Hemmingsen ran into the rear of another motorist’s vehicle that evening while driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.20% — more than double the 0.08% legal limit, according to a release from the district attorney. The other driver, who was idling at a red light, suffered only moderate injuries. Hemmingsen posted felony bond of $75,000.

Hemmingsen was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.14% in the early morning of Oct. 13 when she parked outside the Chico Police Department and honked her horn to get the attention of officers inside, the release said. Bad idea — they noticed she appeared and smelled intoxicated, and arrested her on the spot. She was released on a citation for a misdemeanor DUI.

After failing to receive speedy service she had demanded at a downtown Chico bar Oct. 25, Hemmingsen left the bar and returned with a mallet, threatening to kill the bartender, according to the release. She was arrested, charged and jailed after a judge refused to grant Hemmingsen an own-recognizance release. She was able to post a $50,000 bond, however.

Chico police responded to a vandalism report at a Chico bar the evening of Nov. 16, discovering Hemmingsen had let the air out of the tires of one patron there, and was driving her own vehicle in the parking lot with a 0.08% blood-alcohol level, according to the release. She was arrested, booked into jail, but released again on a citation for a misdemeanor DUI.

Hemmingsen was again driving while intoxicated the evening of Nov. 23 after being ejected from another Chico bar, according to the release. She had been in court at the Butte County Courthouse in Oroville earlier that day, appearing on the DUI and threat cases filed against her. Based on her repeated DUIs and danger to the community, Hemmingsen was booked in the Butte County Jail.



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